Entries from April 2010
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 30th, 2010
Some press events feel more like a celebration of fashion than just a work event. The Felicities press day took place at the Hoxton Factory – it’s a new photographic studio and the home of Random Magazine in London’s east end. The event was a success – delicious Salto lemon cocktails, Label M manicures in super bright colours (I tried Kiwi) and Shea butter hand massages!
At press days you have the opportunity to see the designer’s whole collection for the upcoming season and the best part about this event was that you got to meet all the designers and they were able to tell you about their collection!
Some of my favourite designers like Alice Palmer (above) and Stefán Orschel-Read were there!
One of my favourite models, Leo (on the left) with designer Stefán Orschel-Read.
Me wearing Alice Palmer and her fabulous studded tights!
This is a ‘Barbie’ cake wearing a yummy dress by Jacob Kimmie in collaboration with Molly Bakes. There were loads of mini cupcakes, which seemed to disappear quickly, but the cocktails kept flowing!!!
Tags: Alice Palmer, press days, stefan or
Posted by Rachel Wood on April 29th, 2010
Recently I discovered a new drink product that has taken the USA by storm – MonaVie. I was turned on to this wonder beverage in by fitness expert and New York City personal trainer Matt Townsend.
This superfood-packed beverage contains the Acai berry from Brazil and 18 other beneficial fruits. 4 ounces of this drink is like having 13 servings of fruit and vegetables. Besides all the obvious health benefits, a big result has been terrific looking skin. Now that was something this makeup artist had to put to the test! Matt suggested I drink a shot glass sized amount every morning for 30 days. The results were pretty astounding. My complexion was clear and my skin beamed bright. I love beauty products that work from the inside out. It even comes in a very fashion friendly wine shaped bottle. During last NY fashion week, I found MonaVie mixed cocktails at some of the parties… I’m not really sure you can consider it a superfood when you mix it with vodka but it sure did make a super cocktail. Also for a backstage boost MonaVie do an energy drink, which doesn’t make you crash and burn like caffeine. They have been very handy for me to have in my makeup kit when working crazy hours to give me some much needed stamina.
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Tags: Rachel Wood
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 28th, 2010
I met Rebecca Pearson a few weeks back on a shoot and she was so fun to work with. She just made modeling look easy. A good model is not just a pretty face – of course she will have a pretty face but a good model really makes the clothes live, and she knows how to work it!
How did you become a model?
I’m afraid there’s no fascinating or unique story here…..I was scouted outside Topshop in Oxford Circus at 16, a la every English model who wasn’t scouted at the Clothes Show!
What do you think is the biggest preconception that people have about the modeling industry?
Wow, there are so many! I’d say the biggest though, is that it’s a shallow, vacuous and bitchy world. Really, I’ve met some of the warmest, most creative and interesting people who passionately care about what they do.
I might also note that most models are usually studying or doing something on the side…..they’re often very independent and savvy, not braindead bimbos. I’m pretty sure a lot of my friends couldn’t cope with being thrown into a foreign city, with a list of 10 obscure places to find for castings as you figure out different public transport in a day, whilst being shouted at by your agency for being late/having another casting/having to make it to a job in ten minutes on the other side of town, as well as sharing a room with 5 new strangers you might not even like, and being presentable and friendly at all times…..probably starving hungry….and in high heels!
Is the industry different than you expected?
No, I didn’t have those preconceptions really, I went into it looking forward to an exciting and interesting, (though ultimately short-lived), experience! Now most people and family members tell me when I started that they were frightened I’d turn into a wanker. I’d like to think this hasn’t happened….
What is the most go sees / castings you’ve done in a day?
Ooooh, I think 12 in a day, in Paris. It is easier there though, as it’s so small and most places are a maximum ten minute walk from the Metro. Paris is beautiful.
Have you travelled a lot as a model? What cities have you lived in?
I’ve lived in Paris, Tokyo and Athens, but travelled on trips to some far flung places…..Cuba, India, The Caribbean, Switzerland and Italy, to name but a few….however, the BEST trip I ever did was 4 days in Wales, staying in a beach hut with 8 other people! It was for the book Freedom in Flashes, by Diane Scheunemann.
In 2008 you were the MC for the SuperSuper show. How have you been involved in the magazine?
I went out with a guy called Tom, from Trash Fashion (you may know their seminal hit ‘It’s a Rave Dave’!!! I met Namalee through him, and massively got on with her……she said she wanted me for the cover (where I was dressed as a monster chav!) and got me to write a column, Diary of a SuperSuperModel. I’ve got to admit – I was at uni and not doing many shoots, so it was mainly about going out to parties, doing revision and snogging boys! I got to do some interviews too thoough, like with my friend Anita Blay (Cocknbullkid), Lady Gaga and Daisy Lowe.
What type of music do you like? Any Favourites?
I don’t want to be cliche and say ‘eclectic’….but…..! Well, I love 60s music, like The Velvet Underground. I loooove Patti Smith, who I recently met on her book signing for Just Kids (read it!). My housemate Gwil is from the Golden SIlvers, so I rate them obviously, and I’ve been getting him to teach me more about hip hop. And lately I well love folk music – Matty Groves by Fairport Convention is a fave, because I remember my mum singing it to me. I sort of remember finding the song scary and a bit sexy? I was very young. It’s about Lord Donal walking in on his wife in bed with Matty and killing them.
Do you look more like your mum or your dad?
I’d say my mum for the eyes, chubby cheeks and colouring (she’s Anglo-Indian), but I’ve definitely got my dad’s strong nose and height! People get shy about having big noses but I think that’s silly! Us Pearsons are all tall, slim, shiny of face and big of nose.
What is your favourite coffee shop?
Spiral Cafe in Camden….I don’t like coffee but they do well yummy vegan food (though I am omnivore) and I like watching the variety of crusties/cyberpunks/Spanish tourists/Camden oddbods wander in. Actually Miss Dynamite was in there the other day! I like buying their cakes and pretending to myself they’re healthier.
To view Rebecca’s portolio at First Model Management click here.
Tags: interviews, models, Super Super magazine
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 27th, 2010
I love manicures but I find that they rarely last. I’m quite rough on my hands as I’m constantly dragging suitcases, hanging up clothes and working with fabrics. I had a manicure five days ago using this lovely racing car green by Ciaté and it hasn’t chipped or smugged – t still looks perfect! I did use a cuticle oil every night as my cuticles and hands are very dry and that might have helped but still, usually after two days my nails look like crap.
Ciaté also has a chocolate smelling nail polish remover. It’s odd because you do expect nail polish remover to smell like nail polish remover but it really does smell like chocolate!
So many yummy colours! Also the bottle is curved so it’s easy to hold in your hand while you paint your nails.
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 26th, 2010
I was visiting the Arcadia Press Day and couldn’t help but love the DP section. It’s not a shop that I’d find myself wandering into on a weekly basis – although I couldn’t help thinking of a very fashionable friend of mine – whenever I ask her where that amazing dress came from she nonchalantly replies DP.
The focus was on two main trends – the Military look and the Wild look. The Military look is an updated version of the classic look, based on military neutral colours. The Wild Look is my favourite, knits, feathers and layers of faux furs.
What interested me most at the press event was the overall look and feel of the exhibit. If one didn’t look closely at the rails you’d still have a very strong feeling of the direction of collection. The lighting and layout help create this mood – but it was all about the mannequins. I loved the mannequins, with their crimped hair and animal masks. The mannequin is the starting point. It suggests the look and feel right away and then one can build the styling from there. The posture or the stance gives us an impression, as does the makeup – if you’ve got the wrong mannequin you have such a weak starting point and it becomes almost impossible to make a good still life story. Choosing the right mannequins can make all the difference!!